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Vile France

Fear, Duplicity, Cowardice and Cheese

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Paperback / 168 pages
ISBN: 1594037604

Vile France
Fear, Duplicity, Cowardice and Cheese

In this bitingly funny and insightful polemic, Boyles, using his knowledge of history and his shrewd eye for current events, examines the internal crises—a falling birth rate, an expanding Muslim minority, economic stagnation, a lessening of international prestige— that have changed the personality of what was once la belle France, transforming it into a nation afflicted with status anxiety. He explains how a country that endlessly repeats its credentials as America’s oldest ally became one of our most resolute enemies, wielding the biggest weapon in its arsenal—the European Union— against the interests of an America that it fears and envies. While making clear his affection for the “France” of the French people, he targets the “France” of the ruling elite—from de Gaulle to Chirac—who have always run the country as a private club, often to the angry dismay of its citizens.

About the Author

Denis Boyles is the author of African Lives, Man Eaters Motel and A Man’s Life: The Complete Instructions, among other books. His work has appeared in Esquire, Playboy, the Washington Post, the New York Times and other publications.

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